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August 10, 2007 / arthill

The House on the Rock


The House on the Rock is in Spring Green Wisconsin. http://www.houseontherock.com/ It’s 45 miles or so West of Madison. The place almost defies description. Originally it was a "house", an odd one with low ceilings and strangely shaped rooms but today is it a massive collection of buildings containing an astonishing variety of collections.  Alex Jordan, the founder, seems to have collected everything. Old cameras, toys, circus miniatures, organs, carousel horses, elaborate musical instruments, Titanic memorabilia, war stuff, guns, doll houses, dolls, royal crowns and jewels. All of this stuff is housed in a series of "rooms" that you visit on three self guided tours. It’s overwhelming – really too much to take in.

Lighting wasn’t very good, most rooms are way too dark. For more pictures of the stuff I was able to shoot visit

http://arthill.smugmug.com/gallery/3106861#169949617  There’s a tongue-in-cheek description of the place at http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/WISPRhouse.html

We stayed at House on the Rock Inn, a very nice, relatively new place about 7 miles from the House on the Rock in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

After we toured the House on the Rock we had a nice dinner at the River Terrace Cafe just up the road. It is in the "gatehouse" for the nearby Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin home.

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